Rockfalls estate / Edward Durrell Stone
“I come out of my front door every day and say, Thank you, God, for I’ve got everything I’ve ever dreamed of having.”
“Around 1937 – The W. T. Holt House, aka Rockfalls Estate, Longview and Rockfalls Drive, Richmond VA. The land also included a rock quarry. Based on the 1936 Colliers Magazine Model House. In 1968, architect Haigh Jamgochian purchased the lot and buildings and he and his then-wife opened a Montessori-type school, outfitting the home with classrooms. It operated for one year. There was an extensive fire in 1983 in which Jamgochian was badly burned. As of 2011, the house appears uninhabitable. There is also a Civil War-era cottage on the property.”
This place is a BEAUTY! I really hope it doesn’t end up like Pratt’s Castle or the land sub-divided. I did a dozen panorama’s that are pending……………..
Returned to photographed the front April 2nd early morning and sun was shooting back at me from the front window like a bullet. The land surrounding the main house is like an old friends studio that the work is still in process. You feel a man’s lifetime journey that was constant. Evident that the journey was more important than the finish. I’ve always strive for a National Park feel where ever I have lived and having frozen shoulder has helped it along a little faster than usual. I lost the last of my older relatives last year, pier to my parents, that told me of her fondness for Haigh and had I ever seen Rockfalls? It’s been a privileged to photograph and I left today overwhelmed with emotion and in a daze.